how to tell male from female guineas

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by dadsgirl, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. dadsgirl

    dadsgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    jay, florida
    i have several lavendar guineas, and want to sale some of the males, but cannot tell rather they are male or female, could anyone tell me how to determine which sex they are , i know the female makes the buckwheat sound, but the others just holler. please help.

    thanks, angie
  2. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    I have had guineas the last 3 years but am still a novice. I could onlt tell that a hen has a hook back point and males have just a straight up cone.
  3. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    Normally on the males the wattles are more cupped forward and the hens they are flatter. Also the helmet on the males should be bigger but that doesn't hold 100% true.

    The best way that is just about 100% is feel the distance beween the pelvic bones. Hold the guinea and run your hand down the breast bone towards the tail, once you get to the end of the breast bone keep going until you get to the pelvic bones. The males will be close together about 1 finger width apart and the females much wider, which when you think about it - they have to be to pass the eggs. You may have to go thru a few birds to really get a feel for them but once you do it soooo easy to tell after that.

    Steve in NC
  4. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    Yes it is hard to sex them by their wattles.. Some of my hens have them big as the males!
    I just listen and you can tell the hens they do call buckwheat over and over.. The males only make the loud single chi chi sound.... Takes a bit of patience to sex them but it can be done..[​IMG]
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    What you have to do is catch them then turn them upside down, the boys will have a B on the bottom of the feet, the girls will have a G, that is what my mom told me, so it must be true. [​IMG]

    The ones making the most noise will be the girls, like most species I might add. [​IMG]
  6. ameraucanacrazy

    ameraucanacrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2009
    the male make a ckckc sound and the female makes a duck sound like she is saying buckwheat buckwheat
  7. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    Marlinchaser: Darn all this time I only had to look on the bottom of their feet? [​IMG] I disagree with you the MALES are noisier and lead the pack and panic and fly like crazies whenever the mood strikes them.... My hens are like me..[​IMG] quiet
  8. One more question please HOW DO YOU CATCH THEM, mine roam and then fly up in the cedar trees at night so I just tell them goodnight girls and let them go [​IMG] marrie
  9. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    Mine grew up with the chickens and go to roost in barn. I can catch them when they are eating or at night when on the roost..
    If they are free range and go to roost in trees you may have a problem catching them..
    Notice they are streamlined and hard to grab hold of. Keeps most predators from catching them and they can run so fast and fly too. Only predator that tried to get mine was an owl...
    If you need to catch one try feeding them on the ground and use a long handled fish net.
    Not those expensive ones the try to sell in chicken mags. but one like I got at Dicks Sporting Goods for 12.00 good luck [​IMG]
  10. hackney

    hackney New Egg

    Feb 21, 2013
    Although barely distinguishable, male guinea[​IMG] fowl calls are uni-syllabic utterances that sound like "wheat-wheat-wheat" or "chit-chit-chit." Female guinea fowl calls are multi-syllabic and have been likened to "buck-wheat-buck-wheat-buck-wheat," "qua-track-qua-track-qua-track" or "put-rock-put-rock-put-rock." Each bird utters these calls in fast, staccato-like successions. Both sexes start calling at around six to eight weeks of age but hens may take longer to begin calling.


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